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Happy to You [CD]

Miike Snow Audio CD
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Miike Snow is – are – in a playful mood. The second, somewhat orchatronic, album by the three-headed-band with the one-man-name and mysterious Jackalope symbol is called Happy To You. Why?

“It’s a sign in the studio,” shrugs tattooed Swedish producer Christian Karlsson. “An old mis-spelt phrase postcard from Thailand. Nothing to do with any of the ... Read more in Amazon's Miike Snow Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B006OW0P12
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 2009, Miike Snow released their self-titled debut album much to the acclaim of critics and fans around the world, Miike Snow's "Animal" found it's way into movies, commercials, dance floors and hearts, to became the ode of a generation. Happy To You is the highly anticipated follow-up on Columbia Records. On their sophomore effort, Andrew Wyatt, Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg draw from some of the most influential moments in pop, rock and electronic music to create a sonically grandiose and haunting sound, an opus extending into the deep, dark and magical crevices of a wild imagination. Alongside all the fine-tuning and familiar sounds, the album also features full orchestras, brass sections and marching bands.
On making the new record and the evolution of Miike Snow's sound, Pontus Winnberg states, "Before this album, we were an idea. This time we were a band. And this time, we had paid our dues; we’d toured in 27 countries for 18 months. When we came in to make Happy To You, we came in as a unit, and emotionally for us that makes a huge difference. And hopefully you can hear it."
Recorded in various studios throughout Sweden and self-produced by the band, Miike Snow's follow up is a complete and cohesive response to their widely well-received debut album. Swedish artist and director Andreas Nilsson also signed on for the campaign to visually bring the idea of what the Jackalope represents and Miike Snow's vision for the future to fruition.

BBC Review

There was always something contrived about Miike Snow beyond their annoying name, a part-tribute to maverick Japanese film director Takashi Miike. Perhaps it was that they seemed to be a side-project studio collaboration between a couple of Swedes who'd bashed out hits for Britney Spears (including the mighty Toxic) and an American chum of Mark Ronson. That their self-titled debut album was a fluffy, albeit highly enjoyable, piece of dancey fun hardly assuaged the doubts that Miike Snow were merely an audio business card, existing primarily for its members to secure more remixing and writing work.

Then, something odd happened. Seemingly taken over by the sheer giddiness of being Miike Snow, the threesome toured the world like men possessed (or at least like a bog-standard rock band), playing venues small to medium as well as festivals. They seemed to have found their calling. Unsurprisingly, this breathless sense of surprised joy underpins their appositely titled second album. Indeed, were there a poll for Nicest Album of 2012, it would be hard to see too far beyond Happy to You.

Infinitely more coherent and infinitely more innovatively produced than the debut, Happy to You is a bold, brassy (literally on The Devil's Work) statement of intent. It's full of tips of the hat to all sorts of unlikely sources, from Enter The Jokers Lair threatening to break into Argentine Melody (Cancion de Argentina), Rod Argent's 1978 World Cup theme, to Vase's homage to The Cure's Close to You, via The Devil's Work introducing itself in the stentorian manner of Foreigner's Cold as Ice.

Lovingly crafted slivers of inspiration abound. The ever-welcome Lykke Li pops up with a haunting vocal on the epically distorted Black Tin Box, which merges twiddly synthesisers with Nine Inch Nails-esque percussion, while the baroque keyboards which suddenly lurch into Pretender offer a moment of scarf-waving impishness.

Right now, they may desperately need the hit which will propel them into the mainstream, but Miike Snow are in a better place then they even they could have expected and Happy to You is a greater leap forwards than we could have expected them to make. It's a delight.

--John Aizlewood

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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy To You makes me happy 28 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
For someone who grew up to the sound of Girls Aloud and Busted, Miike Snow is fresh, new, something I haven't heard before and it's magical. Not so much a fan of their debut self-titled effort, I absolutely adore Happy To You.

The beginning of `Enter The Joker's Lair' is captivating, the strange effects sucked me in. It's floaty and reminds me of an ice-cream truck or fairground ride, with arpeggios galore it's enchanting. So sickly sweet it's ridiculous but there's a darkness behind Miike Snow that is just waiting to be uncovered. `The Wave' uses distorted vocals, basic piano chords and a steady drum beat - this simplicity works so well and is a trademark of this new album. The falsetto `oooh's create a hook that's impossible to ignore & the charm of the distortion is irresistable. Not the best lyricist in the world, Miike Snow makes up for this in pumping electronica and fun music. `God Help This Divorce' is dark and moody but at the same time it's alluring and the chorus echo `She was a beauty queen, but I held her down' is beautifully sung.

`Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)' is by far my favourite from Happy To You - the chorus melody is addictive and futile to resist. Perfectly constructed and an unmistakable stand-out track from the album - definitely a hit you'd see hundreds jumping to at a gig. `Black Tin Box' features Lykke Li (a swedish singer-songwriter) but this song is weak & her sultry vocals don't do a whole lot for an already average song.

Overall this album may not have the best floorfillers or the most innovative electronica you've ever heard, but it's pretty damn good. Miike Snow has crafted a fantastically ingenuitive collection of hits, proving to be my favourite album of 2012 so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but not as much as the first 8 Jan 2014
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Loved the first album and I'm slowly getting used to this one. I like it but not as much as the first album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to You 29 Dec 2013
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Some really good feel good tracks on this album and well worth the purchase. It gets played a lot in my car.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 10 Dec 2013
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Another great album by Miike snow, always loved them and always will. Great listening from beginning to end. =) =)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly anticipated 14 Feb 2013
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Miike Snow are fantastic and their second album Happy To You has grown on me as much as 2010's Miike Snow did. Handy hint - don't watch the videos for the singles if you are easily disturbed by strange occurrences!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Surprise 28 Dec 2012
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I had heard Miike Snow a few times on BBC6 Music and didn't really pay much attention until I heard 'The Devils Work' track being played by Radcliffe & Maconie whilst in my car last Summer. I didn't actually buy this album until December, and WOW, had i missed out! The album really is packed with quality (dare I say) pop songs that have a reassuring individual electro sound with subtle bass lines. This album doesn't feature heavy drum beats or uncontrolled guitar sounds - just quality melodies and tunes that'll have you twirling the tunes around in your head all day, and the quality of the recording is superb.

I wouldn't want the appeal of this album to be too accessible and too easy to like for some, but both of my son's (I'm in my mid-forties) now play this album to death. It turns out that the last track 'Paddling Out' features on the xBox FIFA 2013 game, so the boys were actually familiar with Miike Snow before me - "Come on Dad - Keep Up!"

So there you go, just buy it, you'll love it. But do not over play it, my wife has put a 7 day ban on this album - too much risk of over exposure? I'll have to buy their first album now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 Nov 2012
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What a great Album, great foot tapping tunes... Miike Snow is indeed a very accomplished musician. I look forward to the next album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Articulate left field disposable pop 18 May 2012
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The first album of tuneful ditties was a hard act to follow but Miike have just about managed it. Great musicality and production with irreverent and at times plain nonsensical lyrics but boy can these boys pen a hook line and melody. Pay attention, get drawn in and then zone out. Nearly marvellous.
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